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Hi Everyone,About 10 years ago I felt pain between my left waist and my lower-left abdomen, each time I had sex with my girlfriend. I had colonoscopy but everything was normal, so my Dr said it was probably just spasm. Later the pain went awayAbout 4-5 years ago, I had abdominal pain. It is about 1 inch below and 2 inch left of my navel. CT was normal, my Dr said I may be too stressful and I felt a relief and then the pain went away.About 5 month ago, I had a big quarrel with my family and right after the fight I felt pain at the point about 1 inch below and 2 inch left of my navel. Since then the pain has been on and off. It normally lasts about 2 weeks for everyday. Then after that I felt very normal, and I tended to stay up late and became not as careful as before. As the result the pain came back after a week. The pain is very annoying and I can locate the position, but it is not acute.. It comes and goes everyday. Sometimes the pain is gone but I feel tight, sour or cold at my left waist or a little back of my left waist. It leads me to want some massage using my hands, even though it does not help much. I am sure the sensations at waist are together with my abdominal pain. BTW, if I get distracted (for example installing a range hood in my kitchen last weekend, i tend to forget about the pain or the pain tends to disappear for awhile)I do not have diarrhea, constipation, gas, or bloatedness. No blood in stool. No urine problem.Can anyone tell me if this is IBS? Does IBS always come with diarrhea, constipation, gas, or bloatedness?Sorry for being wordy.. I am just trying to give as many details as possible to help you to help me..Thank you very much!
 

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If the stools are completely normal during the time you have pain. Same frequency as usual, same consistency as usual that means it technically is not IBS. If you go more often or less often than usual with normal stools that counts toward IBS. If your stools are harder or softer than usual that counts too. Doesn't have to be the extremes.There are other functional bowel disorders and most are some but not all the symptoms of IBS. So you can have chronic functional abdominal pain.How much it matters if a doctors says the words CFAP vs IBS seing as they treat the pain in both things the exact same way is probably not much. Most doctors seem to use IBS to mean any and all of the functional bowel disorders.Usually something like an adhesion would be more constant, not for a week or two then go away for awhile. That physical or emotional stress sets it off (not enough sleep, a fight) usually points to functional problems rather than organic. Now stress makes everything worse, but often the stress doesn't always determine when it comes and goes. It makes it worse when it comes, but it may not be the only thing making it come and go.If all the CT's and scopes are normal, that also points to functional rather tan something else. Most "worse" things are more symptoms than you see in IBS, not less. Usually all the less than IBS are other functional bowel problems.
 

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Hi Kathleen,Sorry I am new to this.. but what do you mean "functional problems"? Less severe?I am worried about something more ugly, like colon cancer.. Do you think I should do colonoscopy again? (I am in the middle 30's)Thanks!
 

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If you had a clean colonoscopy in the last 10 years and are in your mid 30's I would not worry about colon cancer. If they saw hundreds of polyps when they did it (and you'd be on a regular schedule of scopes if they did and they would have told you) then you could worry. About the only people that get colon cancer under 45 or so are those in a family with a polyp disease and half of all your relatives would have had and probably died of colon cancer by 45-50.Functional does not mean less severe.Functional means everything can function OK, but isn't. So you don't have cancer, ulcers, infection, anatomical abnormalities or autoimmune reasons for the symptoms. Symptoms from functional illnesses can be very severe because often it is the nervous system that is causing the problem. Either it reports pain signals wrong to the brain (so like when people lose a leg but still feel like someone is taking a sledgehammer to their toes every moment of the day even though they are not even there anymore) or the nervous system is sending the wrong signals at the wrong time to the body part so even though it can do everything right, something very wrong is going on.If you think of a TV and a remote. Most medical tests look at the TV. Is each and every transistors or tubes or plasma and everything elsen in there OK by checking them one piece at a time. Functional problems are like the dog chewing on the remote. May make the TV do all kinds of funny things, but the TV checks out as just fine when all you look at is the TV parts in isolation.
 
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